Authentic Living – CAC Living Water Daily Devotional
CAC LIVING WATER DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Friday, July 17, 2020.
Read Jeremiah 4:19-31
O Lord, are not Your eyes on the truth? You have stricken them, but they have not grieved; You have consumed them, but they have refused to receive correction. They have made their faces harder than rock; they have refused to return (Jeremiah 5:3).
In the days of Jeremiah, the people of Israel refused to repent before a holy God. Even as the crying prophet declared to them of the Lord’s warnings against their sin and rebellion; they had refused to budge. What made so harden with their own sin? In the later verses of Jeremiah 5, it seems to suggest that the people loved their sin so much that they were delusional. It seems that they did not believe the words of the prophets: “The prophets will become wind; the word is not in them. Thus shall it be done with them!” (Jeremiah 5:13).
There could be times when we behave just like the people of Israel. We love our sins so much that we become delusional. The Word of God came to us and warned us about our sins; yet we harden our hearts and tried to deceive ourselves that no, the Word cannot be speaking to us. In times like this, the Lord might put people in our midst to rebuke us. We can only pray for ourselves that we be humble, receive the rebuke and resolve to change.
However, having people in our midst to rebuke, or to speak the truth in love is not an “automatic thing”, even in the Christian community. It must be intentional. It must be constantly encouraged and built up. We need to work on it to cultivate a true sense of living authentically with one another. This is so that we can readily help one another, if any of us falls into sin. This is so that we may do away with the unhealthy thinking that we should not confide in one another due to the risk of sabotage or shame. A true authentic community fears neither risk or shame; because in everything that is revealed, confessed and confided, it is done for the glory of God.
- May the Lord give us wisdom, courage and strength to be an authentic community of Christians in Jesus’ name.
- Pray that God would give us grace to help one another when we meet with a crisis of faith in our journey with Him.
- Pray that God would rid our churches and societies of fake, pretentious and wolf-like brethren.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Nehemiah 10-11; Hebrews 7.
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